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Ronald Hertog

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Family
Partner Tamara Helmond
Residence
Gouda, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Dutch, English, German
Higher education
Orthopaedics - Thomas More Hogeschool: Mechelen, BEL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2003. He competed at his first Dutch national championships in 2005.
Why this sport?
He was invited to attend a training camp by coach Frank Dik.
Club / Team
Rotterdam Atletiek: Netherlands
Name of coach
Arno Mul [national], NED
Training Regime
He trains at the National Olympic Training Centre in Papendal, Netherlands.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Ronnie (Instagram profile, 10 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his coaches. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Dutch Para long jumper Marije Smits, US sprinter Carl Lewis. (NPC media guide, 20 Oct 2015; rotterdamtopsport.nl, 10 Jul 2012)
Injuries
His training was disrupted throughout July 2014 due to a bruised pelvis. (paralympic.org, 06 Aug 2014)

He competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London despite sustaining a dislocated shoulder two weeks before the competition. He later had surgery on the same shoulder. (telegraaf.nl, 11 Nov 2019; nrc.nl, 16 Sep 2016)

He suffered a major injury to his back after competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (topsportmetzonderhandicap.nl, 18 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Winning means more than beating someone else. It's about beating yourself." (ronald-hertog.nl, 2018)

"Having one leg can't stop you from doing what you want." (ronald-hertog.nl, 02 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for the Netherlands at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympisch.nl, 16 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (telegraaf.nl, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident in 2003, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg. (ronald-hertog.nl, 02 Aug 2015; topsportmetzonderhandicap.nl, 18 Mar 2012)
Other information
CHANGE OF DISCIPLINES
In 2012 he switched from javelin to long jump because of persistent shoulder problems. He later switched from long jump to sprint events due to consistently breaking his blades during the takeoff for his jump. "My [long jump] competitors were 20 kilos lighter [than me] and that makes a difference. I became afraid of jumping. I worked with a sports psychologist to get rid of that ominous gut feeling associated with hitting the bar and breaking my blade over and over. But apparently I was no longer able to run freely. The step from the javelin to the long jump and to the sprint is a nuance difference, because the basic training was the same. This [situation] has created opportunities for me. The chance to win three medals in three different pillars of athletics." (telegraaf.nl, 11 Nov 2019; nos.nl, 09 Nov 2019; paralympic.org, 06 Aug 2014)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 he began serving as an athletes' commission member for the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation [NOC*NSF]. (panorama.nl, 12 Jun 2018; nocnsf.nl, 20 Apr 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F42/44 Final Round 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final 2011-01-23 3
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 3 2011-01-25 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-20 6
Men's 200 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-21 5
Men's 100 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 6
Men's 100 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-23 6
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2013-07-24 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2015-10-23 2
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2015-10-29 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-08 7
Men's Long Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2017-07-17 2
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-21 9999